On the Scene: ‘The Cartoonist in Comics’ at Housing Works with Haspiel, Fingerman, Gulledge, Young


Autobiographical comics used to be a feature of zines and small private presses, but readers are increasingly able to follow their favorite genre of the comics medium in graphic novel editions from mainstream book publishers. There’s no doubt that the artistic appreciation for autobiography and semi-autobiographical works is on the rise, but amid commentary on […]

Break into comics with Neal Adams, Kevin Smith, and the million dollar UcreateComics — UPDATED


…and then take a long, long time to finish them. Just kidding. This new buddy pictures in the making will tour four cities as part of the UcreateComics Big Break Tour, starting in NYC on May 4th, 2013. (That’s also Free Comic Book Day.) And who is UcreateComics, you ask? According to the PR “a […]

Freebie: Guardians of the Galaxy “Infinity” Comic


Marvel’s really pulling out all the stops to pimp Guardians of the Galaxy.  This time up – a new 4-part bi-weekly “Infinity” digital comic series.  “Infinity” is Marvel’s branding term for the sort a minimal animation effects you see on thing’s like Mark Waid’s Thrillbent or Alex De Campi’s Valentine.

Interview: Will Brooker on My So-Called Secret Identity, A New Kind of Superhero Comic


Rave reviews from across the press, prominent features in the mainstream media, and plaudits from huge names within the industry; this new comic is off to a flying start.

4.6 million comics ordered for Free Comic Book Day


More free comics are being given away than ever before! Diamond has announced that 4.6 million free comics were ordered for this year’s Free Comic Book Day, to be held Saturday, May 4th. That’s up from 3,500,000 in 2012 and 2,700,000 in 2011.

ComiXology’s game-changing Submit portal has opened


Well, digitally publishing your comic for mobile and tablets just got as easy as an upload. ComiXology has unveiled its Submit portal, which allows creators to upload their comics and have them transformed to comiXology’s Guided View technology for free. Materials submitted must be approved, but once they are available, comiXology and the creators will […]

Finally the reality show about cartoonists: Strip Search


STRIP SEARCH, the reality show about a house full of cartoonists competing for $15K and a year of “being embedded” at Penny Arcade, debuted earlier this week. You can watch the first episode above and the second episode is now up as well. The show is produced by the Penny Arcade crew, with Mike Krahulik and Jerry Holkins as judges. (They ran a half million dollar Kickstarter to fund the show last year) 12 cartoonists — six male, six female, are flown to a house in Seattle to compete for the prize, in the classic format. The 12, chosen from a thousand entrants, are mostly webcomickers, but more on that in a bit.

Doing it their way: Cyanide & Happiness


Since we’ve been talking about career paths and what not for the last few days, here’s another one: after turning down three TV development deals, including Comedy Central, the webcomic Cyanide & Happiness has decided to go DIY.

Beverage review: This stuff is da bomb


If you’ve been following me on the internet for any length of time, you know I have always been obsessed with finding the perfect refreshing drink, whether it’s long gone Pepsi Blue, Code Red, Ca Phe Sua instant coffee, Starbuck’s much missed Tazo Berry Chai, Dunkin Donuts’ Mango Fruit Blast and so on. Well, here is a new one, the Bai5 line of antioxidant waters. I was describing my favorite flavor, Congo Pear, the other day and said “It’s got real pear juice and coffee fruit and white tea extract! It’s a water-based drink!” to which someone replied “So it’s pear-flavored coffee tea water?”